Amethystine Pythons

Amethystine Pythons Amethystine Pythons - Morelia kinghorni (Stull, 1933) are vividly-white along their ventral surfaces and are also equipped with highly-evolved heat-sensing pits along their jaw-lines, rich with infrared receptors.  Ambush is their most efficient predatory stratagem, but nocturnally-conspicuous warm-blooded mammals are, by necessity, super-sensitive to the underlying danger signal of white, so pythons conceal the full-length of their white under-bellies along

Amethystine Pythons2020-03-23T21:58:28+00:00

Fantastic Fan Palms

Fantastic Fan Palms A lofty spire emerges from the head of a Fan Palm – Licuala ramsayi (F.Muell.) and radiates flamboyantly into a flawless circle of inspiring proportions.  Zig-zagged channelling extends from the stem’s pleasing eccentricity to the enormous leaf’s periphery, giving the impression that the tremendous number of such fronds were each individually pinked to optimise their aesthetic appeal.  When these majestic

Fantastic Fan Palms2020-03-23T07:39:37+00:00

Vibrancy of Yellow

Vibrancy of Yellow As a recurring rainforest theme, the vibrancy of yellow stands out with brazen distinction.  The yellow blooms of Golden Penda - Xanthostemon chrysanthum (F.Muell.) radiate with regal splendour.  Under the influence of blue-dominated low-light within the rainforest understory, protoplasmic Slime Mould - Physarum polycephalum (Schwein) streams beautifully bright-yellow and in terms of network intricacy and speed of motility, impresses

Vibrancy of Yellow2020-03-17T20:48:55+00:00

Human appreciation of beauty

Treasured rainforest beauty The large and beautiful Macleay’s Swallowtail Moth - Lyssa macleayi (Montrouzier, 1856), is velvety-brown with bold white features, which are particularly prominent on the ventral surface in flight.  It took me eight-years, however, searching every night into the depths of this ancient rainforest as a profession, before I found my first Northern Leaf-tailed Gecko – Saltuarius cornutus (Ogilby, 1892). 

Human appreciation of beauty2019-04-11T11:43:48+00:00

The colour blue

Maja-Jalunji has undoubtedly become the most highly-refined photosynthetic performer on the planet.  Drawing red bands of light from the white-light of the sun leaves a residue of reflected light that most humans see as green; and yet, within this reflected light, blue and ultraviolet bands dominate the un-utilised portion of residual white-light.  A light environment is established at the leafy, outer-surface of the

The colour blue2019-02-23T00:17:56+00:00
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